May 27, 2022

New York Public Library Announces Launch of Special “Knowledge is Power” Library Card

From the NYPL:

The New York Public Library is releasing a library card with the message “Knowledge is Power.” The black and silver card is available beginning October 29 in any of the Library’s 92 locations in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island (Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library are different systems – although any city resident can apply for an NYPL card).



The Front and Back of the New Special NYPL Library Card

NYPL President Anthony W. Marx on Why the Library is Releasing The Card:

Public libraries have always been at the foundation of our democracy of informed citizens: we preserve and make accessible fact. We offer knowledge, education, and opportunity to all. Everyone is welcome in our spaces. We are the great equalizers. Armed with knowledge, all of us have the power to do anything. As we all strive to be active, productive members of civic society, it is so important to remember that knowledge is indeed power, and that we must be informed. Libraries are the place to do just that: to learn, to grow, and to strengthen ourselves and our communities. This card shares that message, and serves as a reminder to visit your local library, get a card, and start your journey now.

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